German politicians mull Russia World Cup boycott

2017/04/01 - 18:27 • News, Political News, Russia

Germany could boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia. This comes as a response to a Russian police crackdown on mass protests that spread across the host country on Sunday.

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The events led German politicians to explore skipping the world’s biggest football tournament. The Deputy Chairperson of the Union faction — the country’s biggest political alliance — called Russia’s actions, “absolutely unacceptable.”

The Russian government’s mass detentions at the weekend’s anti-corruption protests have outraged the international community.

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  • Dirk Smith

    The rest of the world should boycott the World Cup until it is relocated. What else does this criminal regime have to do to convince everyone this would be a mistake? MH17, invasion of Ukraine, state-sponsored doping, their actions during EuroCup, suppression of their people, useage of North Korean slaves to build their corrupt stadium projects, cyberwarfare against the West, etc……..

  • Greg

    attending the World Cup in Russia means nations agree and accept Russia as an invader of nations. It means accepting Russian sponsored terrorism. It means that Russia’s effort to destroy Western values is okay,. Russia is a criminal state with its leaders stealing billions for their own citizens.

    • Alex George

      Well said.

      Great to see some German politicians with spine too. This is all helping to grow a groundswell of public opinion opposed to the World Cup in Russia.

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    I don’t think that the German politicians can forbid the Mannschaft to go to the 2018 Championship if they qualify; that decision would be up to the German Football Association. The politicians can of course decide not to attend themselves, but that would not have the same impact as the Mannschaft not taking part. Losing one of the top teams would be a serious blow to the organisers and devalue the Championship. It would be even worse if more top teams would decide not to participate e.g. Spain, Brazil.

    • Calibra

      No, if a team decides to boycott then they will be punished by the FIFA, if Germany politically intervenes then the entire German Football Association will be punished by the FIFA, the FIFA is allergic to any politcal interference and/or boycotts their rules are very strict and leave no room for discussion, it’s an automatic ban without any appeal possibility.

      One of the latest cases is Mali which is facing a blanket ban due to political interference.

      An example of how the FIFA thinks :